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Dept. of Speculation

(2014)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Book (nominee)
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book (nominee)
Jenny Offill's heroine, referred to in these pages as simply "the wife," once exchanged love letters with her husband postmarked Dept. of Speculation, their code name for all the uncertainty that inheres in life and in the strangely fluid confines of a long relationship. As they confront an array of common catastrophes - a colicky baby, a faltering marriage, stalled ambitions - the wife analyzes her predicament, invoking everything from Keats and Kafka to the thought experiments of the Stoics to the lessons of doomed Russian cosmonauts. She muses on the consuming, capacious experience of maternal love, and the near total destruction of the self that ensues from it as she confronts the friction between domestic life and the seductions and demands of art. With cool precision, in language that shimmers with rage and wit and fierce longing, Jenny Offill has crafted an exquisitely suspenseful love story that has the velocity of a train hurtling through the night at top speed. Exceptionally lean and compact, Dept. of Speculation is a novel to be devoured in a single sitting, though it's bracing emotional insights and piercing meditations on despair and love will linger long after the last page.

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March 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: Dept. of Speculation
Author(s): Jenny Offill
ISBN: 1-84708-873-2 / 978-1-84708-873-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta
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January 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Dept. of Speculation
Author(s): Jenny Offill
ISBN: 0-385-35081-3 / 978-0-385-35081-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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March 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dept. of Speculation
Author(s): Jenny Offill
ISBN: 1-84708-874-0 / 978-1-84708-874-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta
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October 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Dept. of Speculation (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Jenny Offill
ISBN: 0-345-80687-5 / 978-0-345-80687-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Dept. of Speculation
Author(s): Jenny Offill
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
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January 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Dept. of Speculation
Author(s): Jenny Offill
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
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January 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Dept. of Speculation
Author(s): Jenny Offill
ISBN: 1-62923-183-5 / 978-1-62923-183-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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January 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Dept. of Speculation
Author(s): Jenny Offill
ISBN: 1-62923-187-8 / 978-1-62923-187-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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January 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Dept. of Speculation
Author(s): Jenny Offill
Publisher: Granta Books
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January 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Dept. of Speculation (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Jenny Offill
Publisher: Vintage
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